A copyeditor corrects writing that is grammatically incorrect and clarifies phrasing that could be clearer. Copyeditors understand how sentences are structured and where each word, phrase or clause functions best within the sentence, and how each sentence flows to create a body of writing.
Copyediting is a technical and methodical process, which takes considerable concentration, attention to detail, and time. Several suggested changes are made throughout the copyediting process, including, but not limited to: grammar usage, tone, sentence organisation, word choice ....
A copyeditor identifies and reduces potentially misleading information while reducing barriers to reading on by ensuring the writing flows well and reads fluently. Making corrections to a document ensures readers comprehend the writing easily.
Copyeditors will read specifically to locate errors in the following areas:
change of tense,
point of view,
wordy writing or vocabulary choices,
facts and accuracy,
graphs, tables, captions, images
Kyla-Jayne understands the writing process and knows grammatical mistakes aren't made intentionally; they just happen. She does not judge the ability of any writer and is a qualified, experienced copyeditor who thrives on polishing writing for the satisfaction of the writer and their audience. She works respectfully and in a way that honours the effort clients invest in their writing. She is very encouraging and always communicates well with her clients, respecting their privacy at all times.
Substantive Editing provides an insightful overview of a body of work. This editing process strengthens the foundations of a book, article, blog post, letter, or report. A substantive editor will assess a text to identify incongruities that undermine the author's intentions, like unnecessary characters or scenes that don't advance the story. It is usually very beneficial for the writer to have their manuscript substantively edited in the earlier drafts of the writing process.
This more in-depth editing will further storylines, improve on the overall organisation and logic of the story arc, clarify strengths and weaknesses in the text. Editors ask questions like, is the story world believable? Do the actions of each character make sense based on who they're portrayed to be through the characterisation? Is the text coherent and organised? Are the chapters in the correct order? Is the story's structure logical and does it build to the appropriate climax or conclusion? What are the inconsistencies?
In fiction manuscripts, areas of assessment might include:
point of view,
tone & style,
setting & sense of place,
consistency between character and plot.
Non-fiction manuscripts, articles, letters and documents differ to the needs within a fiction manuscript, however, maintaining a structurally sound narrative flow remains. In non-fiction writing, factual accuracy is essential and a substantive editor will flag areas of concern to ensure information presented is correct and not fictional or plagiarised.
Substantive editing can also be helpful when a writer feels blocked or is struggling to flesh out their ideas. Although, this type of in-depth analysis can sometimes be unhelpful if the writer is still in the exciting stages of idea formulation and creative birthing. Respectfully, Kyla-Jayne prefers not to interfere during this stage.
Rather, if the writer feels blocked in the first draft stage, it is much better to find some creative stimulation to provide the writer with energy to progress through the sometimes saggy middle.
Kyla-Jayne has experience with both substantive editing, rewriting and manuscript assessment.
If you'd like to share your work and journey through the editing process with Kyla-Jayne, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call, +61 3414 792 585
SUBSTITUTE DAMN EVERY TIME YOU'RE INCLINED TO WRITE VERY, YOUR EDITOR WILL DELETE IT AND THE WRITING WILL BE JUST AS IT SHOULD BE. Mark Twain